Yair Lapid was born in Tel Aviv in 1963. He began his career in journalism career as a military correspondent for the IDF's weekly magazine, BaMachane ("In the Camp"). He continued as a correspondent for the Maariv newspaper. In 1988 Yair was appointed editor of the Tel Aviv local newspaper published by the Yediot Ahronot group. In 1991, he began writing a weekly column in the Maariv weekend supplement and then for Yediot Ahronot.
In 1994, Yair branched out to television and began hosting the main Friday night interview program for Channel 1. He went on to host a talk show on Channels 3 and 2. Yair has published 7 books*, wrote a TV drama series called “War Room,” and acted in the Israeli film, “The Singing of The Siren.” He began to host Channel 2's popular Friday night news magazine, Ulpan Shishi, in January 2008. Lapid was voted the 36th-greatest Israeli of all time in a 2005 Ynet of the general public.
On January 8, 2012 Yair, who is the son of former deputy Prime Minister Tommy Lapid, announced that he was leaving journalism to enter the political realm. Four months later, on April 30, 2012 he registered his new political party, "Yesh Atid" ("There's a Future").
Yair is married to Lihi Lapid who he met while on IDF reserve duty and has three children.
*Yair's books: The Double Head: thriller (1989), Yoav's Shadow: children's book (1992), One-Man Play: novel (1993), Elbi – A Knight's Story: children's book (1998), The Sixth Riddle: thriller (2001), Standing in a Row: collection of newspaper columns (2005), The Second Woman: thriller (2006), Sunset in Moscow: thriller (2007), Memories after My Death: novel (2010)